Professor Thomas (Tom) Peter was appointed as a member of the WCRP Joint Scientific Committee (JSC) in 2015. He was previously a member of the Scientific Steering Group of the WCRP SPARC (Stratosphere-troposphere Processes And their Role in Climate) Project.
Tom has been Full Professor for Atmospheric Chemistry at the Institute for Atmospheric and Climate Science at ETH Zürich since January 1999. He received his Ph.D. for theoretical work in the field of heavy-ion induced inertial confinement fusion in 1988, which he undertook at the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics in Garching near Munich. In 1990 he changed to the Atmospheric Chemistry Department of the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Mainz, where, in 1995, he became the leader of the group for heterogeneous chemistry and microphysics of atmospheric aerosols. In the same year he was appointed coordinator of the POLECAT aerosol project of the German Ozone Research Programme and member of the steering committee of the high-flying aircraft "Geophysica". He served as co-author on multiple international scientific assessments on the development of the stratospheric ozone layer.
With his group, Tom performs fundamental research on chemical reactions and physical processes of aerosol particles including their interactions with the gas phase chemistry of the atmosphere. His group works experimentally, using laboratory experiments on the thermodynamics and kinetics of individual trapped aerosol particles or particle ensembles under atmospheric conditions, as well as theoretically and using physicochemical models to investigate the microscale aerosol processes and their effects on atmospheric chemistry regionally or globally. His group further participates in field campaigns and long-term measurements, including the worlds longest ozone time series in Arosa/Schweiz.
For more information and contact details see Thomas Peter's contact page.